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UN Tourism News #27 | 07 JUL 2021

COVID-19 Impact on Tourism

Global Economy Could Lose Over $4 Trillion Due to COVID-19 Impact on Tourism

The crash in international tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic could cause a loss of more than $4 trillion to the global GDP for the years 2020 and 2021, according to an UNCTAD report published on 30 June. The report, jointly presented with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), says international tourism and its closely linked sectors suffered an estimated loss of $2.4 trillion in 2020.

Vaccines and Digital Solutions

Vaccines and Digital Solutions to Ease Travel Restrictions

The global vaccination rollout and increased adoption of digital solutions for safe travel should lead to a rise in international mobility over the weeks and months ahead, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates.

1st Global Youth Tourism Summit

UNWTO organizes the 1st Global Youth Tourism Summit in Italy

Sustainability, sharing experiences and their vision of the future of tourism – what do 12-18 year-olds think? The “Global Youth Tourism Summit” will welcome a selected group of children from around the world to look for the answers.

Jobs Factory

UNWTO launches "Jobs Factory", powered by Hosco

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched the Jobs Factory, powered by Hosco, the global hospitality network. This innovative platform is designed to connect talent with employers across the sector, being the perfect solution for hospitality recruitment.

Brand Africa

Promoting ‘Brand Africa’ to Realize the Continent’s Tourism Potential

UNWTO’s African Member States will work together to establish a new narrative for tourism across the continent. To better realize tourism’s potential to drive recovery, UNWTO and its Members will also work with the African Union and the private sector to promote the continent to new global audiences through positive, people-centred storytelling and effective branding.

UNWTO in Mexico to Build on Historic Political Support for Tourism

UNWTO in Mexico to Build on Historic Political Support for Tourism

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has embarked on a first official visit to Mexico. The visit of the high-level delegation further emphasises the unprecedented level of political support for tourism across the Americas.

UNWTO Supports Zimbabwe to Measure Value of Tourism

UNWTO Supports Zimbabwe to Measure Value of Tourism

UNWTO commits to work with the Government of Zimbabwe to measure the importance of tourism for the country’s economy.

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Data to #RestartTourism UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guides

Data to #RestartTourism UNWTO – IATA Destination Tracker


UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guides – Sociocultural impacts of Covid-19, issue 4: Indigenous communities

Tomorrow Today - What's new in UNWTO's Innovation, Education and Investments Department?


The deadline to apply for the UNWTO Rural Tourism Global Startup Competition, has been extended. The competition seeking to source new startups that advance tourism’s contribution to rural development, will be receiving applications until 15 JULY 2021. Apply now!


NEW- MOOC Available at the UNWTO Tourism Online Academy: “Hotel Revenue Management: The Strategy and Tactics of Hotel Room Pricing.  On this course you will learn how to set prices, conduct value assessments, and learn how to create a realistic hotel room pricing strategy. Enroll here.


NEW- UNWTO Top 100 Tourism Startups and Innovators  Meet the most outstanding participants from all the UNWTO Challenges & Competitions (2018 to 2020-1), selected by the UNWTO Innovation Team of Experts after a process of rigorous examination and scrutiny.

UNWTO media highlights:

Reuters International tourism not seen rebounding until 2023 - UN report

Euronews Poor countries could lose $1.4 trillion from tourism's collapse this year. Blame vaccine inequality

World Economic Forum COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 30 June

Forbes Collapse Of Tourism During Pandemic Could Cost Global Economy $4 Trillion

ekathimerin UNWTO calls on Africa to find ways of promoting tourism after COVID-19

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